Nils Landberg Orrefors Tulpanglas, 1957 For Sale
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Nils Landberg Orrefors Tulpanglas, 1957


Nils Landberg 'Tulpanglas' designed in 1956, produced in 1957 by Orrefors. The delicately tinted glasses are blown as a single piece and incised with designer's and maker's marks. They were photographed as a collection but each piece is sold separately, shown from left to right; ORREFORS EXPO N 312-57 (15.9"H), Orrefors Expo NU 312-57 (17.5"H) SOLD, Orrefors Expo NU 312-5 (17.9"H) SOLD and Orrefors NL 312-57 (17.5"H). Nils Landberg (Swedish, 1907-1991) - Nils Landberg studied at Konstindustriskolan in Göteborg, Sweden from 1923-1925 and then trained at the newly established school of engraving at the Orrefors Glasbruk for two years, with his compatriot Sven Palmqvist. Landberg subsequently studied in Italy and France before returning to Sweden, where he began working under Edward Hald (1883-1980) as an assistant and engraver at Orrefors. Around 1935, he began creating his own designs for the company and became a member of its in-house design team. His engraved glassware from this period was shown at both the 1937 Paris "Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne" and the 1939 New York World's Fair. During the 1950s, Landberg experimented with abstracted and attenuated forms using either clear or delicately tinted glass. In these pieces, he pushed the medium's tensile strength to its limits, giving the designs a powerful inner tension. Landberg's famous 'Tulpanglas' (1957} with its slender waist was blown as a single piece and received a gold medal at the Milan XI Triennale in 1957. He also designed tableware and lighting as well as decorative doors and windows. Landberg retired from Orrefors in 1972, and fourteen years later the Orrefors Museum held a retrospective exhibition of his work.)


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    H 20 in. x Dm 5 in.

    H 50.8 cm x Dm 12.7 cm

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    5 in. (12.7 cm)
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    New York, NY
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    Highland Park Item #NL001
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    1stdibs Gallery at 200 LEX

    200 Lexington Avenue

    New York, NY 10016

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About Orrefors (Maker)

The Swedish design philosophy of “beautiful things for everyday life” is actualized in the glassware of Orrefors. Founded in 1898, this glass manufacturer was one of the leading companies in the Scandinavian Modernism movement and is revered by collectors for the fine craftsmanship and innovation of its superlative art glass.

     Orrefors began making art glass — works that, distinct from mass-production pieces, are made in small numbers to showcase the skills and talents of artists and artisans — in 1913. Two of the first artists hired by the firm were Simon Gate and Edward Hald, who worked initially in the organic Art Nouveau style, and later proved adept with the geometric imagery of the Art Deco period. Hald and Gate worked closely with glassblowers to refine traditional glassmaking methods, creating new materials such as "graal" glass. In the graal technique a design made with colored glass is encased in layers of transparent glass, preserving the image while the overall glass form is worked and shaped. Orrefors won an international following when it presented such pieces in Paris in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes — the design fair whose name gave rise to the term Art Deco.

     In the years following that success, Orrefors attracted more dynamic and experimental artists such as Vicke Lindstrand and Edvin Ohrström, who joined the company in the 1930’s. Lindstrand and Ohstrom worked with glassblowers to create the "ariel" glass technique, an innovation that produces deeper, richer imagery that seems to morph and flow as light is refracted by the glass.

     As you will see from the items offered on these pages, there is a special aesthetic quality to Orrefors glass. Whether a vase or a set of wine goblets, the work of this premier Swedish company represents the apex of functional artistry.

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